Original sound design, widely varying instrumentation, broad thematic scope, and a dark, profound vision are the hallmarks of Palancar's classic 2003 release, "Momerath". Originally released commercially on Blue Water Records, this album is now re-released and available freely under Creative Commons via Earth Mantra.
Greg Bear is one of Palancar's favorite authors, and his novel "Anvil of Stars" left such an impact on him that this two-disc album is Palancar's tribute to this spectacular novel, essentially an unofficial book soundtrack. A collection of very diverse instrumental pieces, the release is an exploration of dark ambience, twisted abtract textures, progressive electronica, polyrhythmic post-rock, and exotic world fusion, with more than two hours of music.
This music is intended to strongly echo the themes of the book, covering the extremes of human experience: from alien indifference all the way to unrestrainable emotion, from pure undiluted rage to delicate and fragile love, from the connections of family and community all the way to revenge and bloodlust, from images of unearthly beauty to impressions of the most horrifying warfare imaginable. Like the novel itself, "Momerath" is meant to be something that will hopefully tease your senses, inspire your emotions, shock your conscience, and perhaps even challenge your world view.
For those who have not read Bear's book, it is very much a classical odyssey, following the tortuous path of his protagonists across a battle-scarred universe of distrust and suspicion, where the lawless and the law enforcer alike wield weapons of ultimate destruction. It is a study of the dark underbelly of the rule of law, and of the effect of revenge and hatred upon the human heart. This album aims to evoke at least some of the power and majesty of this incomparable piece of literature.
Whether or not you are a reader of Greg Bear, a reader of science fiction, or much of a reader at all, Palancar hopes the universal themes in "Momerath" will carry you away on a dizzying journey through the depths of the soul.
As always, all Earth Mantra releases are available under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported license. For commercial use, please contact us.
Music composed, performed, produced, recorded, and mastered by Darrell Burgan.
Originally released commercially on Blue Water Records in 2003. Re-released under Creative Commons on Earth Mantra in October 2009.
Special thanks to Greg Bear for his openness to this project and support - and above all, for creating such an inspiring and profound novel, of incomparable vision. Visit Greg Bear at www.gregbear.com.
Released under the "Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported" license, which allows and encourages free use of this material so long as certain conditions are met. Details of this license can be found at:
earman101 - Palancar - Momerath
2:05:45 - 292 MB
Disc 1 - 60:17
01 - Martin, Son of Arthur (2:12, 5.1 MB)
02 - Children of Earth, Dogs of War (8:20, 19.5 MB)
03 - Noach (5:14, 12.2 MB)
04 - Dyad (5:24, 12.6 MB)
05 - Anti-Em (6:46, 15.8 MB)
06 - Ariel (2:25, 5.6 MB)
07 - Volumetric Field (5:15, 12.3 MB)
08 - Tar Baby (7:43, 18.0 MB)
09 - The Extraordinary Burn of Hatred (5:52, 13.7 MB)
10 - A Special Time (4:14, 9.9 MB)
11 - Cornflower (6:52, 16.1 MB)
Disc 2 - 65:28
01 - Born Leader (8:07, 19.0 MB)
02 - Fictions Which Make You Dream (9:28, 22.1 MB)
03 - Red Tree Runners (9:14, 21.6 MB)
04 - Martin, Son of Arthur (Reprise) (4:38, 10.9 MB)
05 - The Smell of Being Born (4:01, 9.4 MB)
06 - Swift Work and Firm Sand (5:26, 12.7 MB)
07 - Double Seed (8:19, 19.4 MB)
08 - The Execution of Leviathan (8:43, 20.4 MB)
09 - Perspectives (7:32, 17.6 MB)